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Reform of judicial review receives royal assent: environmental cases carved-out from restrictions on cost capping

The Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 received Royal Assent on 15 February 2015.  Part 4 of the Act (which will  come into force on a date to be appointed) introduces controversial reforms to the judicial review (JR) process, as well as restricting... 26 Feb 2015

Court of Appeal: conditional fee agreement with consumer unenforceable if notice of right to cancel not given

A conditional fee agreement (CFA) that was signed at a client's home, rather than at the lawyer's office, was unenforceable because the client had not been given notice of her right to cancel, the Court of Appeal has ruled. 03 Feb 2015

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Supreme Court: legal expenses insurance premium could not be recovered with costs

The successful party in a civil court case is not entitled to recover the cost of any 'after the event' (ATE) legal expenses insurance premium from an unsuccessful opponent, no mater how "reasonable" it was to have taken out the policy in the first place,... 30 Jan 2015

Lawyers warn of potential "chilling effect" of judicial review reforms on public authority challenges

Tougher costs rules which would apply to those seeking to challenge the decisions of government and other public bodies in the courts in England and Wales could have a "chilling effect" on legitimate challengers, lawyers and barristers have claimed. 24 Oct 2014

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